11th August, 2022

THE LEGENDARY DOWNCHILD BLUES BAND

Clarke Theatre
33700 Prentis Ave.
Mission, BC
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DOORS
7:00 PM
SHOW
7:30 PM


PRESS RELEASE

The Longest 50th Anniversary Tour Ever!

THE LEGENDARY
DOWNCHILD BLUES BAND
with Special Guests

The Clarke Theatre in Mission Thursday, August 11, 2022
Tickets are $52.50 (Plus Facility Fee & Service Charges) at all Ticketmaster locations
Charge by phone at 1-855-985-5000 or online at www.ticketmaster.ca.

The concert originally scheduled for August 14, 2020 has been rescheduled to August 11, 2022. All tickets purchased for August 14, 2020 will be honored for the new date.

Rock.It Boy Entertainment presents THE LEGENDARY DOWNCHILD BLUES BAND WITH SPECIAL GUESTS on Thursday, August 11, 2022 at the Clarke Theatre, 33700 Prentis Avenue, Mission. Tickets are $52.50 (Plus Facility Fee & Service Charges) available at all Ticketmaster locations. Charge by phone at 1-855-985-5000 or online at www.ticketmaster.ca.

DOWNCHILD ANNOUNCE RELEASE OF 50TH ANNIVERSARY CD “LIVE AT THE TORONTO JAZZ FESTIVAL” featuring special guests Dan Aykroyd, Paul Shaffer, David Wilcox, Kenny Neal, Gene Taylor and Erja Lyytinen.

On June 22, 2019 THE LEGENDARY DOWNCHILD BLUES BAND shut down Bloor Street West in Toronto to kick off their 50th Anniversary Tour in Canada, with a blues party for the ages at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, to over 10,000 fans, who packed the street to catch a glimpse of the world renowned band.

To mark the occasion, the band invited along some very special guests to help celebrate including, long-time friend and Hollywood Star Dan Aykroyd, former Letterman bandleader, Paul Shaffer, blues/rock icon David Wilcox, Grammy nominee, Kenny Neal, Gene Taylor (Fabulous Thunderbirds), Peter Jeffrey and Finland`s Queen of slide guitar Erja Lyytinen.

DOWNCHILD had a full slate of tour dates throughout the country this spring for the second half of their 50th Anniversary Tour, that was supposed to culminate with a grand finale show on June 22, 2020. Unfortunately, the pandemic hit, and the band had to postpone all their shows until this fall for the safety of fans and to follow the direction of Heath Canada.

While they cannot perform LIVE right now, the band felt the next best thing they could do was release a LIVE CD to lift fans spirits in this challenging time and give them a live music concert experience. Fortunately, producer, L. Stu Young recorded their historic show in Toronto last summer and was impressed with results when he listened back to the performance.

“Live At The Toronto Jazz Festival” is set for release on August 14, 2020 and will be exclusively available to purchase NOW through a special PRE-SALE on the band’s website at https://downchild.com/store The first 100 fans to buy the CD between June 22 – July 3 will receive a personally autographed copy and will get it in advance of the official release date. With the COVID-19 pandemic causing havoc for all touring Canadian musicians, DOWNCHILD will donate $5.00 for every CD sold to the Unison Benevolent Fund in support of their fellow musicians in these challenging times.

“We are honoured to be able to support a great cause like Unison, that truly takes care of our own, in supporting Canadian artists and Canadian music industry professionals in this difficult time. Like so many people across the country and around the world, the music community has been hit hard by the pandemic.” – Donnie “Mr. Downchild” Walsh

The Unison Benevolent Fund is a non-profit, registered charity that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community. They are there to help professional music-makers in times of hardship, illness, or economic difficulties. For further, information on Unison and they great work they do, please see https://www.unisonfund.ca/about/mission

2018 Juno Award winners, THE LEGENDARY DOWNCHILD BLUES BAND, include some of the most well-respected musicians in the country, who have performed together for over 25 years. Guitarist, harmonica player, leader and co-founder of the band, DONNIE WALSH, lead singer and harmonica player CHUCK JACKSON, PAT CAREY on tenor sax, MIKE FITZPATRICK on drums, GARY KENDALL on bass, and former American super-group rocker MICHAEL FONFARA (of Rhinoceros/Lou Reed fame) on keyboards.

For more about THE LEGENDARY DOWNCHILD BLUES BAND visit downchild.com.

Rock.It Boy Entertainment presents THE LEGENDARY DOWNCHILD BLUES BAND WITH SPECIAL GUESTS on Thursday, August 11, 2022 at the Clarke Theatre, 33700 Prentis Avenue, Mission. Tickets are $52.50 (Plus Facility Fee & Service Charges) available at all Ticketmaster locations. Charge by phone at 1-855-985-5000 or online at www.ticketmaster.ca. Doors 7:00PM. Show 7:30PM.

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